Kevin Smith’s new flick is yes, a horror movie. And it looks good! Inspired by Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church, there’s nary a dick or fart joke or reference to the Silent Bob universe in this “horror film in which a group of misfits encounter fundamentalism gone to the extreme in Middle America.”
The low production values shouldn’t be so much of a surprise, given that Smith has always shot his movies to be both inexpensive and slightly amateurish looking. And yet, this thing looks frightening. Maybe it’s the religious nature of the movie or the exceedingly strong cast of John Goodman, Melissa Leo and Michael Parks. Whatever it is, for the first time in a looong while we’re excited at the prospect of a Kevin Smith movie.
Red State will make it’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011. Here’s how Sundance described it:
Ever since Clerks (cowinner of the Filmmakers Trophy at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival), Kevin Smith has been known for his sharp, subversive, comedic writing. He shifts from comedy to horror with Red State and aptly demonstrates that good writing transcends genre.
Red State begins by following three horny high-school boys who come across an online ad from an older woman looking for a gang bang. Boys being boys, they hit the road to satisfy their libidinal urges. But what begins as a fantasy takes a dark turn as they come face-to-face with a terrifying “holy” force with a fatal agenda.Instead of relying on archetypes and predictable formulas, Smith meticulously fashions all-too-real characters, utilizing exceptional performances (notably by Michael Parks) and an intelligent script. His realistic style gives the film an intimate feeling, heightening the terror to biblical proportions. Red State is a shocking new kind of horror film that aggressively confronts higher powers and extreme doctrines with a vengeance.”